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It’s hard to fathom the logic that saw the weights for all of the supporting black type races for the Cape Town Met card come out on Wednesday.

For the simple reason that dozens of these horses are competing at Kenilworth on either Friday or Saturday this weekend.

So a large number are going to have rating changes on Monday which are not reflected on the official weight sheet.

Another reason it would have been preferable to wait until Monday is that trainers will then have a far clearer idea where they are going with a number of horses depending on how they perform (or not) on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate weekend.       

And the big race is still a full three and a half weeks away on January 29.

Fortunately the only race of the six which is weighted according to ratings is the G3
Politician Stakes over 1800m for three-year-olds.

Here you have the potential situation where Pacaya (pictured) runs second in the Queen’s Plate and  is adjusted to say 125 from his current 95.

But since changes to the weights once they are out can only be made if a horse
subsequently WINS, he would still be weighted with 57kg.

Which would seem just a tad unfair since top rated  Waterberry Lane (111) has 62kg.